ECLAC Stresses Costs of Blockade imposed on Cuba by US

“CUBA DOES NOT EXCLUDE ANYONE”

Havana, May 8 (Prensa Latina) Cuba is trying its own ways against the brutal human costs imposed by the unjust blockade of the United States for more than 50 years, emphasized the executive secretary of the ECLAC, Alicia Bárcena.

During the handover ceremony of the pro tempore presidency of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) to Cuba, Bárcena explained that the economic and financial siege has cost the Cuban people more than 130 billion dollars at current prices, and an indelible mark on its economic structure.

Eighty percent of the Cuban population has lived all their lives under the blockade, she said.

The cooperation of the regional body with Cuba is unique, acknowledged the executive by thanking the trust granted by the island to ECLAC to accompany and support the implementation of the Guidelines for the update of its economic model.

Referring to the transfer of Mexico to Cuba of Eclac presidency Barcena recalled the relationship of both nations with the region as main characters.

Mexico was the first country in our America to meet ‘the curious look and unusual intelligence of José Martí’, the nation where he premiered his journalistic vocation and displayed his literary qualities, and he also recalled that the leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, called him the intellectual author of the Moncada’s assault.

About ECLAC Barcena assured that it is an authentically Latin American and Caribbean voice, adding that its institutional history intersects with the swinging of the history of the Latin American continent.

During the opening of the 37th session of the organization, which is held in this capital until May 11, Barcena said that the work of the regional body is to support the governments and peoples of the region, from the respect for their sovereign autonomy, the pertinent, timely, rigorous and committed support to build a development project with a clear horizon: equal to grow and grow to match.

The opening ceremony was chaired by the Cuban head of State, Miguel Diaz-Canel, and the Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, António Guterres, and the head of ECLAC.

The Vice President and Minister of Economy and Planning, Ricardo Cabrisas; the holder of Foreign Relations Bruno Rodríguez; and the Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, Rodrigo Malmierca also participate.

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